"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: August 29

"And behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, ... brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment." ~ Luke 7:37

If you have gone to Jesus in a time of suffering, you understand the lovely progression of action in this "purple stone" verse from Luke's account of the anointing of Jesus. Perhaps you have come bereft, not really knowing just what you would do, but you came because you were bereft and because you had heard that Jesus was there.

If you came "a sinner," as his woman came, at first you just stood behind Him weaping. If you came bereft because of some fresh suffering in your life, you might also have stood for a while "behind him ... weeping."

Whatever your reason for coming, something about Him changed you a little. Both sin and suffering can eventually force us to walk around and face Jesus.  "... [she] began to wash his feet with her tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet ..." She was no longer "standing behind him weeping."  Still weeping, but now that she had seen His face, she found a new use for  her tears! She could wash His feet with them. She could wipe His feet with the hairs of her head. And this much nearness bowed her head still further and over and over again she kissed His feet, preparing them with her love, for the nails that could never have held Him to the Cross if it hadn't been for His love! To be rid of sin or to be rid of all suffering can drive us to Jesus. Then He draws us, first around in front of Him, then to our knees to continue our weeping and at last to adoration! Need is a golden thing.  Seek it always. Let it lead you to where Jesus is.

"Come unto me ... and I will give you rest ..."

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